In case you aren’t in Texas and don’t watch the weather news…it’s H-O-T. But despite the heat and humidity, the bee work and activities must carry on so Saturday we had our beekeeping class in the morning and then our honey harvest sale event in the late afternoon. Both events under the big pecan tree’s shade, which helped significantly but there was no getting around the heat and humidity. We always learn about bees and business so we think that next year, we’ll try and remember not to schedule two events like this on the same day in this heat. I was so tired by the end of the day, I couldn’t even post after we grabbed some dinner and did some grocery shopping. I think I tried to post but my eyes were so tired that I told Mark I just need to go to bed. It’s amazing how the heat can really zap your energy.
The picture above from the afternoon event – we have our local Wildflower and Mesquite honeys stocked and available now and wanted to let folks swing by the house. We still have some left so give us a call or drop us a line to check availability. We’d be happy for you to stop by anytime we are here.
We also had a nice, small class which allowed for plenty of time to cover the basics as well as to delve into specific topics that the students had for Mark. We had a newbee student who is thinking of starting up a hive or two in Washington state as well as two students who already inherited a few hives and now must tend to them. Mark loves this type of small group and the level of interest they had – nothing like getting folks excited about being a beekeeper! In the shot below, Mark helps a student find a comfortable way to properly hold a frame of bees in order to hurt as few bees as possible. You know, you just don’t think about stuff like that until a frame is put in front of you…then what? 🙂 We hope that each student who attends our class will find it helpful to them. It’s a nice way to ‘try out’ the bees to see if you feel comfortable around them, holding a frame of them, leaning over a hive to peek in on them…best to try these things out here at the ranch than to buy a hive or two only to realize it’s not your cup of tea.